Parents Frequently Asked Questions
- Why was this site first developed?
As first time parents needing child care, we had no idea how to find daycares in our community to care for our daughter. We were inexperienced with few resources at our disposal. Thatís when we realized that Canada needed a website dedicated to helping parents find child care and also for child care providers who wanted to promote their services.
- Who is this site designed for?
This site aims to provide parents with a resource to find local child care while offering child care providers a national database of daycares in which to promote their child care services.
- What if my postal code is not found?
We try to ensure our postal code data is as current as possible but we realize that with new communities emerging daily, a new postal code may not yet be in our database. If this occurs, our database will automatically search for daycare providers with the same prefix (or Forward Sortation Area - FSA) as your postal code. You may also try a search based on your cityís name. Please contact us to ensure your postal code information is updated in our database.
- How does the "Compare" feature work?
In your search results, simply click the boxes beside the daycare facilities that catch your attention and click the "Compare" button at the bottom of the page. A new page will appear that compares the selected daycares by various different categories making it easy for you to choose the one(s) that best fit your needs before you interview them.
- Why should I use your site?
Our site has been designed to meet the needs of parents searching for child care in Canada. We know parents are busy so we built out site to be functional and very efficient. Some of our advantages include:
- using the search feature is easy, quick, and can be tailored to meet your needs
- not only can you find child care in your city but also those that are closest to you using the postal code search
- we make it easy to find daycares in proximity to a certain location like your home, work, or childís school
- you can compare the daycares that interest you simultaneously on one page making it easy to find the one that best suits your needs
- and best of all, our service is free to use
- What is a licensed child care facility?
Licensed child care exists throughout Canada where facilities must adhere to provincial regulations that govern such things as staff to child ratios and safety matters. All provinces stipulate that centres catering to large groups of children must be licensed. Each province enforces their own rules concerning the number of children that can be accommodated in an unregulated environment ranging from two in British Columbia to eight in Saskatchewan.
- Can I claim my child care expenses on my income tax?
In most cases, yes. The Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) clearly defines the term "child care expenses" and gives a very detailed explanation of child care payments that can be claimed as well as who must claim the expenses in your family. You can find this information on their website at: